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304,000 US Prisoners Eligible For Deportation

304,000 criminals sitting in US jails are eligible for deportation. The problem? It will cost $2 billion a year to find them and deport them. Immigrant convicts, whether legal or illegal, must serve out their sentences in the US before they are deported.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement wants to find a way to streamline the process. By connecting the FBI's records with antiterrorism and immigration records of the Homeland Security Department, it believes that state, county, and federal prisons will have an easier time identifying and deporting immigrants convicted of the most serious crimes. Immigration lawyers worry that untrained law enforcement officers may get a little deportation happy and focus on immigrants who committed minor violations that do not warrant deportation. Why is it so complicated? To find out,


An elaborate maze of bureaucracies makes it easy for dangerous individuals to remain in the US. Think of all the parties involved: counties, states, the FBI, Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the municipal, state, and federal courts. Having too many departments may actually hinder them from carrying out their purpose!

According to these figures, it costs about $7,000 for each criminal deportation. Plus think of the cost of making sure they serve the punishments before sending them back. Do you think this is money well spent? Is it important to you to make sure dangerous illegal immigrants are sent packing?


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CurvatudeBlog CurvatudeBlog 9 years
because of country is composed of "An elaborate maze of bureaucracies" non of these issues will ever be solved. but really, they send them packing then what's to say that they wont find another way to illegally return? its just throwing more wasted money after more wasted money..
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
Why is this so complicated? When an individual is convicted and sentence, checking their immigration status could be part of the court's responsibility. Also, I don't see why they have to serve out their sentences before deportation. Just deport 'em, tell them they are ineligible to enter legally, and if they do return to the country, they will serve the whole sentence--no time for good behavior--plus whatever additional penalty they are given for entering the country illegally.
LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
The thing is, some immigrants, who are here legally, are still subject to deportation. They are here on the condition that they do not commit certain serious crimes. So, there could be a situation where a legal immigrant commits a crime, yet is not legally obligated to leave. Make sense?
mcpro26 mcpro26 9 years
First off let me state that I do not mind immigrants in this country if they enter this country legally. Liberty in your article it states "Immigration lawyers worry that untrained law enforcement officers may get a little deportation happy and focus on immigrants who committed minor violations that do not warrant deportation." If you are in this country illegally is that not an automatic violation of our laws in this country and shouldn't this mean that they should be deported no matter what their crime was when they got caught?
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
A universal interactive data base has been in the works for some time and as you can imagine creating implementing and ironing out such a colossal system is going to take more time than we would like. As for the cost of deporting yes its big but it's also short term once the stream begins to flow the cost will decrease annually over time. LOL, It appears that on this matter time is not on our side.
stephley stephley 9 years
God, I'm starting to look for Raciccarone's comments before anything else! But I thought after 9/11 law enforcement agencies HAD improved their information connections! What else hasn't been done yet?
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
You know, if we started making Soylent Green, this wouldn't be a problem.
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